William Sterling

SPOTLIGHT: Music

Shakespeare and Music

Shakespeare and Music I ran this course jointly with Rudy Sabor.  Taking a different play each week with students giving an outline of the plot, examining the contemporary music and music inspired by it by later composers for tone poems, operas, songs and other works.  I covered Anthony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King… Read more »

Caprice

Caprice for Violin and Piano in G This was written in 1984 when I was a teacher at a small Prep School in Kent for the violin teacher, Alison Reynolds.  The obvious influence is Handel with a few modern twists.  Although it is in one continuous movement it is in three sections marked Adagio, Vivace… Read more »

Piotr Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky Whilst his contemporaries were torn between the traditionalists and the nationalists, Tchaikovsky tried to find a Third Way and succeeded in becoming the most popular composer Russia has ever produced. This course not only listened to his music but used videos of his ballets and operas to examine the dramatic genius of his ideas.… Read more »

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